September 2011

Don Peck on the sinking middle class, James Fallows on the crackdown in China, P.J. O'Rourke on Gaudi, new fiction by Amy Waldman, and more

Features

Can the Middle Class Be Saved?

The Great Recession has imperiled America's values as well as its economy. Here's how we can rebuild our hollowed-out middle class.

Arab Spring, Chinese Winter

Just after Tunisia and Egypt erupted, China quelled its own "Jasmine" protests. Is the Chinese public less satisfied—and more combustible—than it appears?
Special Report: James Fallows and Damien Ma discuss the Jasmine protests, the counterfeit problem, the Internet crackdown, and more

The Secret History of Guns

The Ku Klux Klan worked to control guns. The Black Panthers pioneered the pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights, both sides have distorted history.
From the Archives: Essays, satires, and investigative reports about gun control from the past four decades of The Atlantic

Fiction: The Submission

A Muslim in control of the 9/11 memorial was the worst thing that could happen—and exactly the rudder Sean needed.
Interview: The writer talks about exploring 9/11 through fact and fiction

Dispatches

Music: Download never-released demos of songs Miller wrote just before and after fleeing his Manhattan apartment
Video: Miller performs a song from his post-9/11 album

Chollywood

Behind the scenes of China's booming film industry

Home Remedy

A small town solves its physician shortage

Bug Nuggets

Is the world ready for soy-glazed mealworms?

Enlisting Allah

To thwart the Taliban, marines in Helmand province are teaching the locals to read the Koran

The High-Tech Highball

At the Aviary, in Chicago, bartenders experiment with cocktails that evolve as you sip them

God’s Engineer

As celebrity architects create increasingly fantastical cityscapes, it's worth remembering why Gaudí remains unmatched

Replacement Therapy

Why our gadgets can't wear out fast enough

Columns

Devil’s Advocate

Why the White House—and Washington—should miss departing economic adviser Austan Goolsbee

Valley of the Trolls

It's the rare star who can withstand the predatory cameras of TMZ on TV

Books

A Bitter Trip West

A new history vividly describes the agony and uncertainty of the overland journey by America's pioneers

Man Without a Country

V. S. Naipaul and the artistic rewards of statelessness

Cover to Cover

How A&P created the supermarket; what if Princess Di had faked her death?; and more


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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Video

The Origins of Bungee Jumping

"We had this old potato sack and I filled it up with rocks and dropped it over the side. It just hit the water, split, dropping all the stones. And that was our test."

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Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

If you think you’re smarter than the stock market, you’re probably either cheating or wrong

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I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love

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